Illinois bowling-alley massacre suspect is Green Beret with PTSD: lawyer


The man accused of randomly killing three people at an Illinois bowling alley is a heavily decorated Green Beret who just came back from his fourth deployment to Afghanistan — and had been suffering from PTSD, according to his lawyer and the Army.

Suspect Duke Webb — who was denied bail at his first hearing in the slay case Monday — had more than a decade of “honorable service’’ and racked up a slew of medals, including the Bronze Star, before recently going on leave, Army officials said.

Webb’s lawyer said at the court hearing that his client had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and scheduled to see someone for a severe brain injury, local Fox affiliate WTVO reported.

The suspect had been suffering from suicidal thoughts, confusion and anxiety, too, the outlet said.

Maj. Gen. John Brennan, commander of the 1st Special Forces Command, said in a statement to The Post on Monday, “The actions described in reports [about the Illinois crime] are shocking and completely out of character with Webb’s 12 years of honorable service.

“The alleged actions of Sgt. 1st Class Duke Webb are abhorrent and are absolutely not representative of the Special Forces Regiment.

“The vast majority of men and women Green Berets live up to their storied reputation and earn their beret every day,” Brennan said. “Our heavy hearts and prayers are with the families affected.”

The Army said Webb, 37, of Florida joined the service in July 2008 and worked his way up from parachute rigger to a sergeant with Special Forces Assistance Operations and Intelligence.

He served in Afghanistan four times: from August to December 2009; October 2013 to April 2014; October 2014 to April 2015 and finally, from this past January to July, the Army said.

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The Illinois bowling alley where the shooting took place.

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The military branch listed Webb’s numerous decorations: “Bronze Star Medal (2nd award); Army Commendation Medal (2nd award); Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (4 campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Ranger Tab; Special Forces Tab; Combat Action Badge; Combat Infantryman Badge; Military Freefall Parachutist Badge; Parachute Rigger Badge; and Parachutist Badge.”

Webb is accused of strolling over to Shooters Bar, an outside section of the Don Carter Lanes bowling-alley complex in Rockford, around 7 p.m. Saturday and fatally gunned down three older men there.

He also shot and injured three others, including a 14-year-old boy who took a bullet to the face and a 16-year-old girl wounded in her shoulder, authorities said.

Webb — who authorities say had no connection to his victims —was apprehended by cops at the scene.

He faces three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

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